The month-long program (June 30-August 2) is a part of USIEF's 'India Summer Teacher Program' where the educators collaborated with local schools in the city with an objective to exchange educational best practices, resources and knowledge.
The participants were drawn from various educational institutions of Maryland, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, California, North Carolina and Illinois in United States.
Grantees were assigned to several schools in Kolkata where they went on with Indian counterparts for team-teach in their subject areas like English, Science and Mathematics.
"It was an amazing experience and students here are very active," said Resident Director of Visiting Educators, Caitlin M. I. Chiller.
She said, "We appreciate abilities of Indian teachers as it is not an easy task to go through such vast syllabus."
The team said that back in United States we have option of choice with subjects. but here the way teachers cover multiple streams is really appreciable.
"The students over here are so connecting and pay respect in a complete different manner than students back in United States. And it's because difference of showing respect in various cultures," said Janet H. Hansen from Sonoma Valley High School in United States.
When asked about any memorable moment, she said no student in United States has ever asked me for autograph.
"Students over here are very patriotic. We were so happy to see their dedication to serve for nation. We would like to share this with students back in home," said the team in reply to what they would love to take back from here.
The India Summer Teacher program is being hosted and administered by the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) since 2010 in Kolkata, as part of its mission to promote mutual understanding between the citizens of the United States and India through educational exchange.
The program provides a professional development opportunity for United States and Indian educators to work together on issues of mutual interest to their communities, schools and students.
The host institutions in Kolkata this year included, St. Johns Diocesean School, St. Joseph and Mary's School, Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan, Modern High School for Girls, Abhinav Bharati High School, Akshar and Loreto Day School.
--IBNS (Posted on 01-08-2013)